Canadian Parliament Must Act on Assisted Human Reproduction

BioNews 561, (2010)

2 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2013

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Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

Date Written: June 7, 2010


In the past three months, three members of the Board of Directors of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) have resigned. Their resignation letters include the following statements: '[that following requests for information about the Agency's spending and budget] there was much reluctance and procrastination in providing information, and that when the information was provided, there were inconsistencies in what I received and what was originally presented. This raises concerns in my mind about the prudence and diligence in managing public funds'; 'I have encountered difficulties as a board member in receiving satisfactory replies to concerns and questions I have raised which recently included audits and contracts. What I have been witness to is a resistance to give full and straightforward answers when questions and requests for clarification were made'; and 'I am unable to fulfill the duties entrusted to me in a manner that satisfies my conscience and my integrity.'

This set of resignations is cause for serious concern and requires urgent attention from the federal Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Parliament itself.

Keywords: Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, Board of Directors, assisted human reproduction, resignation

Suggested Citation

Downie, Jocelyn, Canadian Parliament Must Act on Assisted Human Reproduction (June 7, 2010). BioNews 561, (2010), Available at SSRN: or

Jocelyn Downie (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9

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